• Carve

    Pronunciation

    • IPA: /kɑːv/
    • Rhymes: -ɑː(r)v

    Origin

    Middle English kerven, from Old English ċeorfan, from Proto-Germanic *kerbaną (compare Kyrgyz kerve, Dutch kerven, German kerben ("to notch")), from Proto-Indo-European *gerebh- ("to scratch") (cf. Old Prussian gīrbin ‘number’, Old Church Slavonic žrĕbĭjĭ ‘lot, tallymark’, Ancient Greek γράφειν ‘to scratch, etch’).

    Full definition of carve

    Verb

    1. (archaic) To cut.
      • TennysonMy good blade carved the casques of men.
    2. To cut meat in order to serve it.You carve the roast and I'll serve the vegetables.
    3. To shape to sculptural effect; to produce (a work) by cutting, or to cut (a material) into a finished work.to carve a name into a tree
      • 1920, Edgar Rice Burroughs , Thuvia, Maiden of Mars, The facades of the buildings fronting upon the avenue within the wall were richly carven....
      • 1963, Margery Allingham, The China Governess Chapter 1, The half-dozen pieces were painted white and carved with festoons of flowers, birds and cupids. To display them the walls had been tinted a vivid blue which had now faded, but the carpet, which had evidently been stored and recently relaid, retained its original turquoise.
    4. (snowboarding) To perform a series of turns without pivoting, so that the tip and tail of the snowboard take the same path.
    5. (figuratively) To take or make, as by cutting; to provide.
      • South... who could easily have carved themselves their own food.
      • 2010, December 29, Sam Sheringham, Liverpool 0 - 1 Wolverhampton, The Reds carved the first opening of the second period as Glen Johnson's pull-back found David Ngog but the Frenchman hooked wide from six yards.
    6. To lay out; to contrive; to design; to plan.
      • ShakespeareLie ten nights awake carving the fashion of a new doublet.

    Noun

    carve

    (plural carves)
    1. (obsolete) A carucate.half a carve of arable land

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